Author Archive: Karen Batra

Karen Batra

Karen Batra is Director of Food & Agriculture Communications, and has worked for BIO since 2008.   Having lived in the Washington, D.C. area for more than 20 years, Karen has worked for four major national trade associations specializing in communications and media relations, most recently at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

What Karen likes best about BIO, aside from her uber-talented colleagues, is working to promote a technology that truly helps to heal, feed and fuel the world.  In the food & ag sector, we aim to help farmers do what they do best – grow the most abundant, most affordable and safest food supply in the world.

Karen’s favorite biotech food is papaya, and her favorite genetically engineered animal is the spidey-goat.  Karen also has two Glofish, Redfish and Bluefish, who live with their non-biotech cousin, Peachy the Snail.

Latest Posts

Herbicides and 2, 4-D: Cutting Through the Controversy

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A number of media outlets reported on last week’s decision by the USDA to approve the use of genetically modified corn and soybean seeds that are resistant to the herbicide known as 2, 4-D. Farmers and growers, anxious for new tools in the ever-evolving fight against weeds, have been long awaiting the approval. The American Soybean Association, for example, issued a statement cheering the move and calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to now Read More >

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Scientific Community Urges Obama to Support Biotechnology

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A number of media outlets are reporting today on a letter to President Obama urging approval for the genetically engineered AquAdvantage® Salmon and for more support for the innovative solutions that animal biotechnology can provide. Ninety scientists and biotechnology executives signed the letter asking the President to alleviate the political gridlock that has entangled the fish for years. The AquAdvantage® Salmon, genetically engineered to reach market size in half the time of a conventional Atlantic Read More >

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GMO Labeling: a Debate for the Well-Fed

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BIO wanted to bring to your attention a great piece by Dr. Richard Raymond, former USDA undersecretary for food safety and scheduled keynoter at this month’s BIO Livestock Biotech Summit. Dr. Raymond wrote for the Feedstuffs Foodlink blog a commentary on the push to source non-GM products and the drive for mandatory labeling: Ben & Jerry’s, which dishes out pricey ice cream, long ago made the claim that its products are made with milk from cows that were not Read More >

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Hawaii’s Papaya Growers Struggle in Hurricane Aftermath

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Hurricane Iselle’s assault on Hawaii garnered national coverage as the storm approached, but little has been reported on the storm’s aftermath and the damage suffered by Hawaii’s papaya growers and other agricultural operations. John Burnett writes for West Hawaii Today that Iselle’s damage to Big Island ag crops is estimated at $53 million. KITV’s video news clip illustrates the devastation on the Island’s ag community. As officials assess the damage inflicted by Iselle, it’s evident Read More >

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Ohio: Consider Some of the Benefits of Genetically Modified Foods

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Jack Fisher, executive vice president of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, wrote a wonderful op-ed in the Cleveland Plain Dealer about the use of agricultural biotechnology in food production: Some technologies enjoy nearly universal approval. What’s not to like about safer cars, better health diagnostics and instant access to virtually all the world’s knowledge? But high tech on a fork? Now there’s something that for some folks is hard to swallow. When I agreed to Read More >

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